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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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ClassGraphic Japanese fiction isn’t traditionally popular in the West, but Haruki Murakami’s books have been best sellers internationally, translated into 50 languages. Murakami is a novelist of magical realist fiction. His works are built around an urge to explore and understand the inner core of the human identity. His heroes routinely journey into a metaphysical realm — the unconscious, the dreamscape, the land of the dead — to examine directly their memories of people and objects they have lost. He is both a Japanese writer and a “global” one; his works are best read not as expressions of Japanese culture, but as examinations of questions that concern all humanity. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Vintage, 1998) is at once a detective novel, the story of a disintegrating marriage, a Bildungsroman, and an exploration of psychic burdens of war. Briefly, young Toru Okada’s search for his wife’s missing cat soon transforms into a desperate search for his wife. He encounters an unusual mix of characters: psychics and healers, his malevolent brother-in-law, a cheerfully morbid 16-year-old-girl, and a veteran of Japan’s conflicts in Manchuria. Critics have called the novel “gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace… a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.” Join us! Note: This study group meets for 11 weeks: March 8–May 17

Class Details

11 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Philip Zawa2.Susan Kay 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/8/2018 - 5/17/2018 Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Susan Kay  ; Philip Zawa